October 30th, 2012

How Union Boss Creamed £30,000 Salary Top Up

£90,000-a-year Communication Workers’ Union fat cat Billy Hayes managed to boost his salary by another £29,580 this year by converting backdated unused annual leave into cash. Normally annual leave must be taken in the period it is due but Hayes has been able to accumulate unused leave over twelve years and write himself a five-figure cheque. Furious CWU members have written to union bosses accusing Hayes, who seems to earn so much he has lost count, of “deliberate abuses of the union’s money”.

They also claim the CWU’s pension schemes are haemorrhaging money and have left the union “on the verge of a financial meltdown”. Not exactly what you call performance-related pay…

Via London Loves Business.


  1. 1
    Not Kebab Time says:


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  3. 3
    Selohesra says:

    By the look of him they shouldn’t have to pay out too much on his pension

  4. 4
    ed martin says:

    is that mr hayes’ equivalent of strike pay received by his followers when they are daft enough not to work?

  5. 5
    Labour Spokestwat says:

    yooooou fat bastaaaaaaaard

  6. 6
    Obvious question says:

    Why is someone so grossly fat allowed to exist?

  7. 7
    MacGuffin says:

    He spent it on pies, obviously.

  8. 8
    fruitcake says:

    hmm, 90K + 29K = lots of doughnuts

  9. 9
    Tom Fatson says:

    We’re trying to take over the World.

  10. 10
    Eric Pickles says:

    He looks gaunt

  11. 11
    Communication Workers AGM says:

  12. 12
    Fat Bloated LieLabor Union Pig says:

    You Union luving Plebs just don’t get it, do you…….

    Some (us) are much more equal than you smelly stinking low life……

    Just keep paying your inflated Union dues & we will decide how to

    waste it…….that is what we do

    we live to keep our large snouts in the Union trough……..


  13. 13
    thick as pigshit says:

    …and still they’d line out like idiots behind the union banner…..

  14. 14
    English Heretic says:

    TUC Fat Cats, where’s the Panorama special outrage edition? Don’t hold your breath.

  15. 15
    Seeing as it's Halloween tomorrow says:

  16. 16
    Urggghhhhhh!!!! says:


  17. 17

    Just to try and clarify, the term fat cat is being used here in a colloquial sense, yes?

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    Aaron D Highside says:

    You can get to be very wealthy out of Socialism, but these days the real money’s in Communism.

  20. 20

    If you look at portraits of the great and the good in the National Portrait gallery and for that matter any other famous gallery in the world, their girth was taken to be an indication of their wealth. Of course, as our medical knowledge improved and with the privations imposed by two world wars, the preference changed to a leaner look.

    Now it appears we have come full circle. (I am a skinny cat.)

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    Can someone explain the logic of benefit caps; families are capped at £500 while singles are £350. Problem are

    1) people will separate and claim £850 a week

    2) how can a family of 3, 4 or 5 live on £500 a week if singles can claim £350 a week.

    I think cap for single people should be reduced to £150 a week. Hope people don’t challenge it as it seems it favours gays more that straight people as there is more chance straight people will live as a family.

  22. 22
    Lard Presclott says:

    No, we are trying to eat it.

  23. 23
    Selohesra says:

    I have two cats – one skinny & one fat – the fat one really objects to people like Hayes being called a fat cat

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    will says:

    This actually could be illegal under the working time directive.

    From thompson trade union law.

    workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks paid annual leave every year. This includes bank holidays. Employers can buy out annual leave but this is strictly regulated. I think 12 days is the limit and you cannot roll over annual leave.

    So I think his union does not know the regulations concerning the working time directive or has broken them. An employment lawyer could correct them.

  25. 25
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    We should look at the small print of any future RM deal – will it include a slush fund bailout for the CW Union pension fund?

    As we saw with Labour, they were criminally adept at funnelling taxpayer cash to the Unions.

    Why no-one has been prosecuted on the Labour benches for corruption in public office I do not know – probably the Tories are at it also in some way so do not want to rock the boat.

  26. 26
    Halloween Be Thy Name says:

    This one’s even scarier– it looks like Cherie gone barking mad! The only trouble is, it’s really Rachel Dratch. But enjoy it anyway.

  27. 27
    Penfold says:

    And the Unions wonder why membership is declining.

    This sort of behaviour needs to be widely reported to union members.

  28. 28
    will says:

    From the Sunday Times Business Section.

    Employees are entitled to 5.6 weeks of holiday a year. This includes 28 days for a 5 day a week worker and can include bank holidays. According to the law only 1.6 weeks of annual leave, equating to 8 days can be carried over. You cannot agree to carry over more than 1.6 weeks of the statutory minimum according to EU Law. If you give more than 5.6 weeks, any leave above the minimumcan be carried over. (reproduced from sunday times, answer given by Peninsula Law)

    So I think the union will need to check it records to see if it has broken the law in not giving him proper time off and allowing him to illegally accrue leave.

    Guido I hope this helps

  29. 29
    One Term Dave says:

    We are all in this together, and so long as the taxpayer is footing the bill then that’s the way it will stay.

  30. 30
    will says:

    Penfold the union might have broken the working time directive on this one, so are in breach of the law

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    jgm2 says:

    In a commercial environment, the further up you go in an organisation, many companies insist that you take at least a single period of two weeks annual leave.

    The reason they do this is because in that time, it is hoped, any criminality/dody dealing you may be up to will become apparent as (say) regular payments you may be making to cover theft or dodgy dealing suddenly go unmade, weekly/monthly accounts suddenly no longer add up and sirens start going off. There is also the possibility that your stand-in might spot something amiss.

    I would be very suspicious of anybody in a senior position in an organisation who would rather be at work than spending time with their family.

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    JH says:

    Being a union boss invites abuse, for the simple reason that it is paid out of dues and looting rather than voluntary payments, and has the presumed aura of being a ‘social good’ which provides convenient cover for all sorts of dodgy dealings. The fact that Union bosses, to a man, seem to physically resemble East End thugs would back this up.

    Union membership has plummeted because most members only joined for the insurance cover anyway; they do not want to be de-facto involved with the partisan, ham-fisted political agitation that seems to be the hallmark of modern unions.

    Look at the RMT’s online shop for Christs sake. Quick, those Cuba solidarity shirts are selling like hot cakes.

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    jgm2 says:

    Fuck the working time directive – what is he covering up by making sure nobody else gets a look-in by not taking his annual holidays?

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    Brown out and pay me damages. I want to move on from this tedious shithole says:

    What a useless trougher! Oink!

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    Earl of Croydon says:

    Cant be arsed to do the sums but thats an awful lot of days holiday he hasnt taken.
    Im sure a break down will make for interesting reading.

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    BEAST says:

    Cap it at 100 copies of the big issue and a tarpaulin

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    Pip says:

    Greedy sod. How many chins does he need ?

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    BEAST of Kircaldie says:

    Are you reffering to me?

  39. 39
    BEAST of Kircaldie says:

    More than the shanghai phone book

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    MacGuffin says:

    No East End thug would ever allow himself to become so grotesquely fat.

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    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

    I was a member of CWU and it’s predecessors for 26 years. Someone suggested my former union might fund my claim for an asbestos related disease. When I suggested this to my solicitor he replied “Forget it, they won’t”. Now I know why.

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    Anonymous says:


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    Union Lackey says:


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    Skinny Bastard says:

    I won’t say he’s large, but he’s got his own postcode.

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    Hugh Janus says:

    He organised the CWU Black Workers’ Conference this month. Wonder when the White Workers’ Conference is due??

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    keredybretsa says:

    Fabulous society is fast becoming a whatsinnitforme/us groups of individuals and families who are all jumping on to the jolly old bandwagon. Unemployed, employed, politicians, civil servants, sports stars, media stars the list goes on+on until one day a wheel drops orf the wagon!

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    Anonymous says:

    Heres an innovative thought, get a job and support yourself ! the thought of you scheming to increase your benefits is disgusting.

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    Lazy bastard watch says:

    The fact that this greedy c unt can go 12 years without taking annual leave shows you how hard the fucker works.

  49. 49
    Albert Einstein says:

    Light bends around him.

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    Crazy Tony says:

    Never worked anywhere where you could carry over more than a weeks worth; and thats with line manager’s approval. Use it or lose it to us PLEBs

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    Albert Einstein one more time says:

    Clocks run slower in his presence. Maybe that explains things as 12years to us is only 6 months to anyone near him.

  52. 52
    Bob Crowe man of the people says:

    Too right!

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    M says:

    Got to cap the benefits to pay the union fat cats
    Does that explain the logic , hope it helped

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    A woman says:

    I like postmen and they deserve better representation than this fat useless c*nt.

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    Penfold says:

    No, no, the money’s in Brussels with the EU.

    Look at the Kinnocks, a whole family empire built on the largesse of the taxpayers.

    Look at the bureaucrats, great payrises, loads of expenses and very little tax, compared with the little people who finance it all.

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    Penfold says:

    Unlike a union man to shun compliance with the law, particularly one derived in Brussels.

    Agree with jgm2, this was always a warning sign in the finance industry that someone was on the fiddle.

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    Normal Norman says:

    And the stupid members of the CWU will howl with anguish and do nothing.

    What a bunch of mugs.

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    Di Atishan says:

    Looking at the photo, FAT cat is right.

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    Fat Controller of 'ull says:

    ‘e took summov mine didn’t he Pauline luv?

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    Bill the Bard says:

    John of?

  61. 61
    The savant says:

    It could be both colloquial. And literal in his case.

    Look. At. Him

    All. Skin. And. Bones.

    Looks. Like a lubjanka. Survivor.

    Some one give him a few scotch eggs and several. Dozen pork pies for god s sake
    At this rate. He. won. T last till. Suppertime .

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    RMT member says:

    As a fully paid up member of Bob Crow’s RMT I must say I really enjoy all these moronic right wing comments. You tossers who would sell your soul for capitalism before helping your fellow man do make me chuckle. hey here’s an idea why not go and help someone who needs it……. nah, thought not.

  63. 63
    Billy Bunter says:

    Has this bloke been on a diet of bacon fat an chicken skin pies all his life.
    He almost looks as greedy as Lard Piggie Presscot.

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    Jabba the Hutt mp for Mid-Sussex says:

    No Comment

  65. 65
    Billy Bunter says:

    Looks like he’s been on a diet of bacon fat and chicken skin pies, like Lard Prescott

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    Eeyore says:

    How is it that the people at the top manage to break the rules – and with impunity?

    A boring example from my past (sorry, but it still rankles decades on). The rules said that when you left the university any accumulated study leave was extinguished. No ifs, no buts. I had a month or two of SL up my sleeve, but when I retired it died. Quite right too.

    Shortly afterwards the vice-chancellor moved on. He was able to get paid for his 12+ months of SL, amounting to £100,000+, contrary to the rules. Why?

    How the hell do they do it?

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    Bri says:

    + 1000

  68. 68
    Bob the Builder says:

    I am with you Brother.

    Any excuse and I will down tools.

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    Saffron says:

    Mr Hayes looks rather overfed,maybe thats concerning his ridiculous claim for unpaid back holidays.
    In any other industry holidays are contained within 12 months during which you have to take them or lose them.
    This trougher decides to keep them for years and then claim them back,what a tosser and will his union go along with this,probably yes because they are one short of a six pack.
    When oh when will people realise they are being ripped off by union troughers.
    Sad to say sheeple you are not even in this game of rip off politics.

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    Pickles ate my mattress. says:

    Who mentioned food?

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    Pickles ate my mattress. says:

    Iresemble that remark.

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    Pickles ate my mattress. says:

    We need more wheely bins to eat out of.

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    Miss Ellanius says:

    Could have been Nero i suppose , was he a tory?

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    Apache says:

    If ,as you so intelligently and eloquently put it say that people are being ripped off by union “Troughers” Have you got a blind spot as regards the conduct of the present administration?.They are destroying everything they can because they know they will not get a second chance for a long time .Servants of big money instead of public servants for the good of the people and if you agree with them you are as bad as them

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    Stu says:

    Big diference is we would sell our own souls, thieving left wing cretins like you would sell someone elses.

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